“Unfortunately, many organizations are not equipped to help these new leaders develop these skills…”
The software industry is often seen as a haven for introverts, as it provides ample opportunities for individuals to engage with their own thoughts and ideas. However, as many software professionals quickly learn, building anything of substance requires collaboration and communication with others. These “soft skills” can be critical for a software professional’s career, often determining how quickly and successfully they can progress.
The problem is compounded when former technologists move into leadership roles, where they must almost completely abandon their technical skills in favour of the “soft” skills required to be an effective leader. Unfortunately, many organizations are not equipped to help these new leaders develop these skills, leaving them to fend for themselves. This sink-or-swim approach to management training can be detrimental to both the individual and the organization, as it often leads to the loss of valuable talent and skills.
In this blog, I hope to create a resource for other technologists on a leadership path, to help them survive this difficult transition. I am not an expert, but I believe that documenting my own learnings can help me solidify them, and potentially benefit others. Let’s see how it goes…